Ceramic Implants and Their Advantages

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Ceramic implants have specific advantages over metal implants.  They’re not only more aesthetic, but they’re not subject to corrosion and don’t trigger metal allergies.

Ceramic Implants: A Holistic Option

There are two type of dental implants on the market today, ceramic and titanium implants. Ceramic implants have been used in our practice for about five years at this point.  One reason that we would use a ceramic implant is by request of the patient who is concerned about metal. Our more holistic patients refuse to have any metal in their mouth because some people report allergies to certain metals.

The ceramic implants are proving to be very durable and an excellent alternative to metal implants.  The mechanical strength of ceramic dental implants has improved greatly over time.  Another advantage of ceramic dental implants is that unlike any metal, ceramic are not subject to corrosion over time.

Another reason that I may use ceramic is that the restorative doctor has requested that type of material in a specific case. Pure or other ceramic implants do not have a metal color showing; there is more of a body color match, which can be more desirable if that is a patient’s concern. Studies out of Europe show extremely high success rates with ceramic implants.  The highest percentage of most of our implants today are still titanium, but the number of ceramics implants being used seems to be on the increase.

However, I do not see ceramic implants taking over and making titanium implants obsolete. There is a limitation of what you can do when it comes to zirconia implants. With zirconia implants the abutment position is very critical.  However, when you are placing a titanium implant you have more latitude as far as the abutment portion is concerned.  You can angle the titanium implant where the abutment comes out of the tissue at a much higher angle than you can on a ceramic implant.

 

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Posture and Your Oral Health

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Your posture and your bite are closely related. When any part of your body is out of alignment with the other parts, there is a similar chain reaction. When your upper and lower teeth are closed together, each tooth actually forms a skeletal relationship with its opposing tooth. This bite determines the position of your jaw, and in turn, the position of your head on your spine. 

Check Your Posture

To demonstrate this, tilt your head backwards and close your teeth lightly together. Notice that your back teeth hit first. Now tilt your head forward toward your chest and again lightly touch your teeth together. Now the front teeth hit first. These exaggerated movements demonstrate how the bite and head position affect one another.

The teeth are part of the skeletal system. When your teeth are improperly aligned, there is often a compensating effect throughout the postural chain. The body will adjust itself. This can involve muscles in the neck, back, and even those of the pelvis, legs, and feet. Poor posture is not often thought of as a health problem. Over time, however, the consequences of postural neglect can be as damaging as an injury. 

There are specific symptoms of a poorly postured bite such as: Numbing or tingling sensation in one hand, pain in the jaw, head neck, shoulders, back, and difficulty clearing the ears .

When your bite is involved with a postural problem, the dentist must correct it so that the muscles, bones, and teeth can function without strain and tension. Because the postural position of the head, neck, and shoulders is so closely related to the bite, both dental therapy and physical therapy may be needed to correct the bite. Doing so will then frequently relieve seemingly unrelated symptoms such as pain in the head, neck, and back. 

Poor postural habits become more difficult to correct the longer they exist, and they also become more injurious to your body. If you have any of the symptoms described, call us today for a routine check-up. 

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